Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Boxers or Briefs? Guest Author: Author Melissa Keir

Do you love your guy in BOXERS or BRIEFS?  
Or are you somewhere in between?


This is much more important than your man’s comfort. This could be a problem if you’re not getting pregnant. According to Web MD, about one half of all couples who are experiencing fertility problems is the result of low sperm count. Tight fitting pants, workout shorts and...yes, underwear can cause the temperature to rise in the testicles which causes them not to produce sufficient sperm. According to Celia E. Dominguez, reproductive endocrinologist, at the Center for Reproductive Medicine at the Emory University School of Medicine. “Testes were made to be out in the breeze.” Now I’m sure that’s a picture that will play in your head for hours!

In my novella Crash and Burn, Keira and Rob have distanced themselves from their marriage because of fertility problems. Could the cause be as simple as Rob’s underwear? 

The tight pants seems to be more of a problem for men who are forced to sit for long periods of time. The tightness of the pants along with the heat generated during the sitting on a leather or cloth chair can increase the temperature to a dangerous level…dangerous to the sperm. Web MD also recommends that men avoid hot tubs and saunas if they have issues with low sperm count.

Yet, I think the best advice is “When you're at home, take off your pants, says Grunebaum who is also medical director of the WebMD Fertility Center. "It will not only help reduce testes temperature, but it might also turn her on.”

Ladies, what do you say about this new debate…BOXERS, BRIEFS or NOTHING?

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Crash and Burn is a novella in the Crashing Into Love book bundle. 

Crash and Burn by Melissa Keir 

Can Rob and Keira's second honeymoon lead to romance, or will it crash and burn?

On the verge of a divorce, Rob and Keira Matthews book a second honeymoon at the urging of their counselor. Unable to conceive, they've pushed each other away in an effort to protect their hearts. Will a romantic holiday be the ticket to love or a plane crash in disaster?


Her husband stomped away in a huff. His damp clothes accentuated his fit body. The many nights he’d spent lately at the gym had firmed and toned his already-sexy body into a dream machine. Yeah, and all those other women ogling him. Too bad the gym didn’t do more for his attitude. I heard his comment. Why does he always have to push my buttons? He really shouldn’t have expected me to go walking, looking for…. She shivered. What if there were bodies? I wonder if anyone else survived the crash. I’ve got better things to do. Maybe I’ll find out this island is really a resort like in that romance novel I read. Then I can save the day.
She picked up Gris and gave him a kiss on the nose. “Little man, you’d never get mad at me. Let’s go find ourselves the perfect place to rest. Maybe we can prove to that man I’m capable.” With the dog settled in her arms, Keira headed inland, away from the beach and toward the jungle.
Trees filled her vision. Their dense foliage provided shelter and had allowed moss to cover the ground. She welcomed the softness under her feet. She noticed the drop in temperature as well. The blistering sun from the beach dappled through the leaves and created a cool, welcoming environment. The sound of birds and other animals teased her hearing. She paused and inhaled. A flowery fragrance filled the air.
The trees are so thick, I can’t see more than five feet in front of me. I hope there aren’t any snakes. Her stomach knotted. Snakes or lack of food? She pulled Gris closer to her, absently running her fingers through his fur. I’m sure there’s no coffee joint or five-star hotel around here. I would’ve seen something before now. Rats. I was really hoping for the happy ending of a romance novel.

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Crashing Into Love:
Seven planes lift off…seven planes crash…seven stories of struggle, passion and love in the barren Canadian Wilderness, the coast of England, or the steamy heat of a tropical island. Romance hangs in the balance between survival and death.

Brace for Impact by Daryl Devoré.
What could be simpler than a routine plane trip from Toronto, Canada to Caracas, Venezuela for rookie flight attendant, Lori, and sexy R.C.M.P. officer, Guy Lapierre? But Fate had other intentions.

Crashing into You by Lisa Kumar
When Ashlee Trent meets handsome businessman Kaiden West on a plane to Australia, he eases her fears even as he sets her heart ablaze. But after their plane crashes into the ocean and they wash ashore, will the secrets surrounding him send their budding relationship into a nosedive?

Crashing Through Time by Jenna Jaxon
The most dangerous thing about time travel is knowledge of the past: does she save him and change history, or let the tragic events play out and lose the love of her life?
More than hearts can be broken when you crash through time. 

Love Comes Crashing In by Brenda Dyer
Best friends find love in each other's arms, but can that love survive reality?

Falling Hard by D'Ann Lindun
He craves solitude to forget what a woman did to him. She needs one last chance before her career ends. Can a plane crash in the Canadian Rockies show them what really matters?

A Splash of Romance by Deb Julienne
Who knew a plane crash would lead to romance? Hannah Parks is a trauma nurse on her way to a symposium at the Sister Kenny Rehabilitation Institute. She just started her bucket list and a plane crash definitely isn't on it.  Oliver Lawson's divorce is final and he's looking to start over. A tropical island, a gorgeous woman. Romance is one thing, getting there as a result of a crash landing...who knew? 

About Melissa Keir:
For my wedding in Vegas, my books and computer came with me but there wasn't enough room for my wedding shoes. It’s all about priorities! As an avid reader, I was probably born with a book in hand. Luckily my mom was also an avid reader, so it was easy to "borrow" her books when my books were finished.
I was reading from an early age about dashing men on horseback riding to the rescue of strong willed and capable women who didn't really need rescuing. I came to expect that women in fairy tales should have fought their own battles. When I was older, I found Margaret Atwood and realized that women could re-tell history in their own way and I experimented with changing those basic fairy tales.
Fortunately for me, my husband allows me the opportunity to be myself (spend my salary on books) and still takes care of the really important things for me like killing spiders and opening jars. As an elementary teacher, teaching children about the many worlds inside of books is a gift that I’m lucky enough to do for a living. Teaching the next generation to love reading is a lot of fun! Reading the right book can make a new world come alive!
Currently living in the suburbs of Ann Arbor, Michigan with my darling husband, way-too-grown-up children and spoiled dogs, I enjoy getting away through a book to escape the harsh winters or summer road construction.

I’d love to hear from you!


  1. Thank you for having me over today! My dad was a boxer guy (hence the 5 daughters in 7 years) so that image always turned me off. I couldn't understand how anyone would be comfortable with things swinging in the breeze. But now I see a better (even medical reason) for sometimes being COMMANDO! How about it???

  2. Hi, Melissa! I'd read this could be a problem for men. I like boxers. Alas, Handsome likes whitey tighties. LOLOL.

    1. I hope that he at least likes some colors! There are so many choices these days... :)

  3. Thrilled to have you here today Melissa !! Can't wait to read this book! I also didn't know there were health issues for men regarding this topic.

    Ok I do have to put in my two cents now :) When i was married the first time, i really didn't know there was a difference, my husband always wore whitey tighties . The other styles were just a fantasy ;) Now after meeting my second husband, whew, he was a commando all the way and i was in heaven, hehe, i had to train him to wear something because our kids were everywhere lol. Now he alternates between commando, boxer briefs and boxers.

    1. I'm glad you have a husband who is happy with who he is and enjoys being free! *wink* With the new jeggings (jean leggings), we are hearing about serious health issues due to the tightness of the pants in both men and women. They are losing feeling in their legs and in some instances passing out. Just imagine what that's doing for the sperm count!

      Again, thank you for having me!

  4. LOL. Not on the health issue at hand ;-) but at Krista. 'Train him to wear something' . . . the visual gave me a chuckle as I imagined kids running here and there, and the meat and two veggies bouncing all over the place as he chased after them.

    Boxers are easier to slip greedy fingers into. Briefs offer that hidden visual, heightening the anticipation. But for the sake of saving all of mankind, I say Commando all the way!

    Great post, Melissa.

    1. Just imagine all the men who could be going commando! Of course, they have to be more careful with the zippers. Could be a hurtful situation!

  5. I always had a preference for men in boxers, although my hubs has always worn briefs. Of course now, all I'm thinking about is men in kilts! LOL Great post, Melissa!

    1. Men in kilts is what makes all of us swoon, Jenna! Knowing that we can quickly get our hands up there. Of course there was something to be said about those long dresses without undergarments. Men could just throw us down and have their way... :)

  6. Interesting post, Melissa and very informative. Thanks for sharing and I'm voting for commando - for health reasons of course.